Photography is more than just a job for me, it’s an addiction – to the point I have withdrawal when too much time passes, and I haven’t created a new set of images – I’ll even go as far to say I start to feel depressed. So I get excited for every shoot I do.
When I got word I would be photographing a 2016 Rhodium Silver Jaguar F-Type Coupe for Jaguar Richmond, I almost lost my mind with excitement. I’ve been a huge fan of the F-Type since the unveiling of the coupe in 2013.
Now this isn’t my first F-Type, I photographed one a little over a year ago for Cowell Auto Group, but it was part of a group of cars we were photographing, so the time spent with the F-Type was limited. What made this second encounter extra special was along with photographing it, I was given the opportunity to drive the car for the day. I’m still smiling ear to ear.
Going into this shoot, I had a location pre-scouted and confirmed. The only element to the shoot I couldn’t control was the weather, and with it being unsettled in Vancouver this time of year I wasn’t sure what to expect. The forecast on the multiple outlets I source from were showing a small window of dry weather on the day of the shoot, so I crossed my fingers and went for it.
The dry spell did happen, and luckily so. My primary location I planned to use was a local mall parkade in Richmond with the thought, if it does rain I’ll have the option to shoot undercover. What I didn’t plan on was the attention this car would attract.
As the mall traffic began to pick up in the parking lot, more and more people became curious about the car, why I was photographing it, and of course, the fellow photographer interested in talking shop. I enjoy the interaction with the public during these shoots, especially since the conversation usually centers around my two main passions – cars and photography. It reminds me to appreciate what I’m doing, and how fortunate I am to do it on a regular basis.
All the interaction at the mall location started to eat up too much time. I became concerned I would run out of time and not be able to capture all the images I was set out to create. So with the dry weather still holding steady, I packed up my gear and hit the road – again, I’m still smiling ear to ear thinking about my experience driving this car.
I had a plan B location where I was confident I would be the only person, allowing me to get focused (pun intended) and serious about creating a set of images of this stunning car.
Once the shoot was a wrap, it was only right for me to capture a selfie with my favorite car. Toning down my smile for this picture was difficult.
I hope you enjoyed these images as much as I enjoyed my time with the car – OK, that might be a little extreme, hopefully, you enjoyed them half as much.
Thank you for taking the time to view my automotive photography!
www.jasonmanchester.com – Vancouver Automotive Car Photographer Jason Manchester